THE MAGPIE SALUTE | 07.12.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE MAGPIE SALUTE | 07.12.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Magpie Salute – 7th December 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

The Magpie Salute - 7th December 2018 - Newcastle Riverside
The Magpie Salute – 7th December 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

After a quick visit to the Arena up the road it was a quick scuttle down to the Quayside to see The Magpie Salute at Riverside venue. There was no way I wanted to miss any of this, I mean three members of The Black Crowes in a band that had released one of my favourite albums of the year… errrr no chance!

Kicking off with title track High Water it’s immediately evident that this is a band comfortable with each other, no histrionics, no massive opener just a fantastic song based around a rolling melody and wonderful harmonies which never dropped through the next seventeen or so songs. The guitar play between Rich Robinson and Marc Ford is a masterclass in less is more. Some beautiful slide playing and solo trading but without entering the world of shred.

By the fifth song the band are paying homage to their heroes and drop in Pink Floyds Fearless and Neil Youngs Big Time, before showcasing solo material from Marc and Rich.

A short acoustic set starting with Sister Moon and a lovely version of CSN’s You Don’t Have To Cry followed by the first Black Crowes of the night Lay It All On Me breaks the set up nicely and again highlights the vocal harmonies. Speaking of which the revelation of the night for me was vocalist John Hogg, I love the album and liked his previous band Moke but never expected him to nail it so well live he was just outstanding! At one point I was positive he was channelling Get Your Wings era Steven Tyler!!

They delve into the Crowes catalogue even further once back into electric instruments (One Mirror Too Many for example) and finish on a stomping Send Me An Omen leaving an audience just awestruck. So many people stating it was their gig of the year following it and I have to agree it was definitely up there!

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HOLY MOLY AND THE CRACKERS | 30.11.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

HOLY MOLY AND THE CRACKERS | 30.11.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Holy Moly and the Crackers – 30th November 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Holy Moly and the Crackers - 30th November 2018 - Newcastle Riverside

There was quite a buzz as I arrived at the venue. Many had gathered early from a varying of ages. Holy Moly and the Crackers were kickstarting the weekend for many at the Riverside in Newcastle.

Opening the night we have local band Portraits. I saw these guys recently supporting another band and something felt a bit flat that night. Not with them, but the night in general. This night was very different! They gave their all again but everything seemed more free-flowing and every member on the stage felt pumped with energy. There was definitely something in this Friday night air.

Moments before Holy Moly and The Crackers came on the floor space literally packed in every inch and spirits seemed very high. Lights down and smoke filling the stage and I felt the audience’s excitement in me! Holy Moly are Newcastle based and they have been on the scene for a quite a few years now. I am Newcastle based. Heard the name for years. This would be my first time seeing them though I have crossed paths with a few members at times.

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The venue erupted as soon as the music started from both the crowd and the band. It was pure electricity pumping through me as I watched what was going on in front of me. Every member on that stage was infectious with energy. It was a solid set from start to end.

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Leadman Conrad Bird was unstoppable. He covered every part of the stage and up close with every member of the band. How he kept his breath throughout is amazing especially as he was also on the trumpet and guitar. In fact that goes for every member, it just so happens Conrad was covering space more, as we had Ruth Patterson’s arms everywhere when she wasn’t conducting the fiddle. Accordion player Rosie Bristow was almost doing acrobatics as she played with Nick Tyler on his electric guitar jumping up and down behind her then Jamie Shields slapping da bass and Tommy Evans drumming like all possessed drummers do! Piece this all together and it is one of the most exciting things to witness at a live show.

We are given many songs from the back catalogue including Cold Comfort Lane which featured in the blockbuster Ocean’s 8. River Neva brings a real ‘knees up’ affair but to be honest the whole night is one big knees up. And if that wasn’t enough we are treated to some new songs such as All I Got Is You to acrobatics moves in Upside Down courtesy of their circus performing friend Hannah.

It sure is one big party with Holy Moly and The Crackers and we end with Devil & The Danube…..if only they were allowed…as not even given the chance to completely walk off the stage the chants for one more come quick, fast and loud, that Ruth and Conrad remain on stage for a beautiful duet called Ain’t That Enough. Maybe the quietest song of the night but the energy is still the same as Ruth’s vocals get the chance to shine that bit more and are complemented by Conrad’s huskiness. The venue is at high intensity that when the song finishes the other band members run back on stage and play us out with the stomper that is Mary.

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DAN REED NETWORK | 08.11.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

DAN REED NETWORK | 08.11.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Dan Reed Network – 8th November 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

The Dan Reed Network - 8th November 2018 - Newcastle Riverside
The Dan Reed Network – 8th November 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

The Dan Reed Network back in town and funkier than ever on the banks of the Tyne! I have a long history with this band being one of the first DJs to champion them in the North East Rock Clubs and also DJd their first ever Toon gig at the original Riverside, way back when we all had a lot more hair! So it was a pleasure to see and photograph them here.

Tonight, at the newer Riverside venue, a healthy sized audience got their groove on to old classics Forgot To Make Her Mine, Get To You, Doing The Love Thing alongside new tracks Champion, Divided and Save The World from the new album Fight Another Day.

The Dan Reed Network – 8th November 2018 – Newcastle Riverside
The Dan Reed Network – 8th November 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

The band are in fine form, tight as they’ve ever been with some saying the best they’ve been since that first appearance and Dan’s voice and presence is stronger than ever. Brion James on guitar and Melvin Brannon on bass provide as much a focal point as Dan himself the pair of them not only nailing every lick but also looking every part the rock star that they always have!

Rainbow Child still holds a place in many hearts and the crowd are in fine voice singing the melody at the top of their lungs! The lovers’ anthem Stronger Than Steel sees many a couple having a cheeky cuddle and hand squeeze. The funk/rock anthem Ritual brings the set to a close but the promise of a return and new album (plus a solo show nearby next week) keeps the fans spirits high!!

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HEAVY LUNGS | 23.10.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

HEAVY LUNGS | 23.10.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Heavy Lungs – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Review and photos

Feature by Graeme J Baty

Heavy Lungs – 23rd Oct 2018 – Riverside Newcastle

Rather than giving Heavy Lungs just a side note in the main Idles review, I thought the quality their performance deserved so much more than that! So here’s a full photo feature on their epic set! They have embraced the opportunity to hit some big venues with pals Idles on their sold-out run of UK shows, check out the Idles review and pics here. They seem like an ideal pairing, and there’s a vast amount of people at the venue for doors opening to catch their set.

Frontman Danny Nedelko has been immortalised in the Idles song and tonight he owns the stage. Stalking it like a man possessed, by the end of their short set he has the audience eating out the palm of his hands, hanging on every word. Very much a striking frontman, as the photographic evidence will show!

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They’re much more straight punk than Idles and really reminded me of early Bad Breeding, albeit a much more accessible and less extreme version, whilst channelling the vibe of PiL.

They’ve just announced another UK tour which includes a stop at Newcastle Think Tank in January 2019. On the strength of tonight’s performance, they are certainly ones to watch and I think I’ll have to go catch them again!

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L.A. GUNS | JARED JAMES NICHOLS | 02.09.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

L.A. GUNS | JARED JAMES NICHOLS | 02.09.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

L.A. Guns | Jared James Nichols – 2nd September 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Opening the proceedings tonight is the blues power hero Jared James Nichols who is swiftly becoming a very familiar face in these parts having played with Walter Trout, Glenn Hughes, BOC, and Stone Broken to name just a few over the last two years or so! He is greeted with a friendly welcome as he kicks into gear with Don’t Be Scared from the Black Magic album. It’s kind of an odd pairing tonight as Jared is opening for LA Guns who are more steeped in the history of the more dirty rock ‘n’ roll of the LA strip than the fingerpicking blues groove he excels in HOWEVER it doesn’t take long for the Newcastle crowd to warm to the trio absolutely tearing it up through this short sharp set!!

Jared introduces Tracii Guns to the stage where they kick out the Sabbath Classic N.I.B and it’s obvious to all that they are just having a ball! Honey Forgive Me & Can You Feel It are two other originals aired tonight and like every other time I have seen Jared they end on a riotous version of Mountain Mississippi Queen by which time the crowd are firmly on board and queuing to meet the band and buy merch as soon as they leave the stage!

I’m pretty certain L.A. Guns never got to play Newcastle with any lineup so to see them here tonight on such top form was an absolute treat! The PA cranking Ozzy’s Diary of A Madman as an intro got the mood going especially with added live riffs from Tracii Guns side stage and then out they came straight into The Devil Made Me Do It from The Missing Peace album! Phil Lewis’s vocal was absolutely spot on every song old and new but for me, the star of the show was Tracii Guns! I knew the history of the band (Girl, GnR, etc) and remember playing tracks like One More Reason and Sex Action (both given a great outing here tonight too) at the rock clubs I DJ’d at but I have to admit I’d never realised what a fantastic player Tracii is! Not just the riffs and solos or the visuals like the violin bow solo but the technique and tone was just awesome.

Rip & Tear and The Ballad Of Jayne were another couple of highlights. Along with covers of I Wanna Be Your Man and Red House before bringing Jared James Nichols back out to take part in what they call the Jelly Jam! The whole band just seem at ease with themselves playing old classics and new album cuts side by side much to the delight of the crowd who unlike a lot of bands of this ilk weren’t just there to see the hits Here’s hoping they don’t leave it as long for a second visit.

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PUSSY RIOT | 20.08.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

PUSSY RIOT | 20.08.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

Pussy Riot – 20th August 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gav Wyatt (G.Wyatt photography)

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BUCKCHERRY | 15.06.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

BUCKCHERRY | 15.06.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

Buckcherry – 15th June 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Photos

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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GHOSTFACE KILLAH AND KILLAH PRIEST | 11.06.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

GHOSTFACE KILLAH AND KILLAH PRIEST | 11.06.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest – 11th June 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Hip-hop royalty hit the Toon with what will be in a lot of peoples top gigs of the year. There was a slight bit of anxiousness beforehand as a previous nights gig was cut very short with Ghostface walking off stage and the Wu-Tang show at the O2 had been hit and miss with a lot of folks. However, all fears were quelled once the duo took the stage and ripped through a set of classic tunes and not just Ghostface / Priest solo stuff either there were all manner of Wu-Tang classics in there for everyone to throw up their “W’s” to lots of happy hip-hop heads in the house that night !!

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BRITISH SEA POWER | 06.05.2018 | Hit the North Festival | PHOTOS

BRITISH SEA POWER | 06.05.2018 | Hit the North Festival | PHOTOS

British Sea Power – 6th May 2018 – Hit the North Festival @ Riverside

Better late than never. It’s been a rollercoaster week or two since this amazing show. This marks the 3rd time seeing and photoing them in 13 months. BSP gigs are always an uplifting experience. BSP should be allowed on the NHS I didn’t stop smiling for about 5 days after this one.

They whipped out the hits for this headlining appearance at the Riverside as part of Hit The North Festival. Check out the setlist!!

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